Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I get very sentimental at Christmas. The year Dennis had his accident I was so grateful to God that we were home before Christmas and it really puts things in persecptive for me.  I still put our  same decorations that I have had for years because I don't really care what my house looks like, but I do care what it feels like to me.  I want those memories around me that have been there for a very long time.  Every ornament on my tree tells a story and has a memory.  This is the ornament I made when I was very, very young so it has to be 40 somenthing years old!  I can't believe my mom kept it all these years but I'm glad we get to enjoy it.
It is made out of an egg carton and tinsel.

These are from my little brother Scott and one is a stryofoam ball with sequins and the Santa Claus is made out of a napkin.
This one is from my daughter Whitney who just had to paint some ceramics while I was painting one day.  It is a mouse on an elephant (cause they get along at Christmas)
By the way, my daughter did go on to have some artistic ability, this is what she painted me last Christmas.
Much love, Cheri


Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 things I do not like about the Christmas season!

Don't get me wrong I love this time of year.  I love the malls all done up in Christmas lights and decorations.  I love to decorate my house and I love to see everyone else's.  But their are some things that I really do not like and these are not in any particular order.  I'm sure this will make some people mad, so I'll say sorry before hand.
1.  I do not like sad, sad Christmas songs.  It is hard enough getting through this season without those we loved, and there are circumstances in everyone's life that is hard, but I don't want them singing about it on every other song.  I cry and I don't want to cry, this is a joyous time, the time we celebrate the birth of our saviour.  don't make me cry!
2.  I do not like greed in children.  I do not like it when children think this holiday is all about what the latest trend is that they will be getting or not getting.  We have raised them up that way so we have to take responsibility for it.  I don't think you can get by with saying "oh it's all about the children, NO it's about Jesus and what God sacrificed for us.
3.  Substituting the word holiday for Christmas, nothing gets me going like this does.  There WOULD NOT even be a holiday if it wasn't for the birth of Christ.
4. This one I am pointing at myself.  I am a people pleaser when it comes to my loved ones.  I have to have the perfect gift and I will stop at nothing to find it.  I don't like it and I don't like it about myself.
5. I'm pointing at myself again,  I don't like it when we get so wrapped up in everything that we don't even take the time to remember to thank God for this amazing gift.  He wrapped him up and laid him in a manger, just to hang on a cross.  For me.....


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I am reposting an earlier post about Thanksgiving and what I am thankful for.  A friend we had met on carepages wrote this poem for her husbands birthday and it sums up my feelings so well that I thought I would share it again.

To My Husband

Thank you for choosing to fight against fate
when the Dr. announced you were at Heaven's gate

I watched you endure months of extreme pain and sorrow
in attempts to be around for just one more tomorrow

Thank you for remaining so true to yourself
while so many circumstances jeopardized your health

I know that you think you aren't the man you used to be
but for me and the kids that's not what we see

We see such strength and courage each day
it's just that it's not in the old average way

We see someone overcome so many obstacles to live
and on top of it all you continue to give

You give of yourself
to make our lives go on

You push thru so many difficulties
and continue to press on

So thank you so much for choosing to live
our lives are so blessed by the love that you give

Never lose sight of your faith in God's plan
with hope and determination I know that you can

You can live your life to the fullest you'll see
with us by your side there isn't a thing you can't achieve

Please remember on your birthday and the upcoming year
nothing will ever matter more than having you here

                                                 Happy Thanksgiving, Cheri

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Around our town

I'm getting ready to start with some Christmas post so I thought I'd better get a fall post in there before I do.  This is by our fire station and city offices.  All of our firefighters are volunteer and they do an amazing job.
Have a great weekend.  Much love, Cheri

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quad wife confessions

I have a blogger friend named Dana Ritter and she has a blog called Love Like This Life.  Her husband Michael is a Quadreplegic with an injury lower than Dennis's .  She did a post and named it Quad wife confessions and I had to laugh cause that was so me.  In this post she had hurt her husband transferring him out of bed.  Oh, the stories Dennis and I could tell, so I am going to start my Quad wife confession post.  The first one is I don't like being the one who has to get living creatures out of our house.  That used to be Dennis's job and now it's mine.  I don't like it.  This animal felt the need to come in my house.
This is the room he came in and I had to chase him down and get him out all the while my husband and mother were yelling instructions to me. 
Today my dog Deacon, decided to bring me a mouse but I had to chase him to get it.  That is my confession for this week.  I don't like beiong on animal control!  Much love, Cheri

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veteran's Day

This weekend is Veteran's Day so I thought I would show you a tribute to Veteran's in my hometown of Aline, Ok.   These are the names of hometown men that served  their country and I'm not sure if it was WW I or WW II or both.  This has been on the side of this building by the Co-op since I can remember and I never gave it much thought as a little girl.  Now that I'm older and I see what a mess our country is in, I value every name up there and I wonder what they would be thinking now.

And as an added bonus we have this little mural in the front of this building.  They are names that served in the Spanish American War and the Civil War.
I hope we all remember to honor the men and women that died and served for our freedom.  Just stop and say a little prayer and thank God for these people.  Happy Veteran's Day, Cheri

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Skywatch Friday

It has been a long, long time since we have had some really good rainfall.  This was last year and it did rain, but it hailed even more!

I'm posting this for my Skywatch Friday post, Happy Weekend , Cheri 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I am not as organized as my BFF Jana at "Country is" blog, but I do like everything in its place neat and tidy.  When my husband had his wreck we converted our garage into a big room for my parents.  My mom is a lot younger than my dad and she was starting to need some help with him, and I needed help in our new life we were facing.  So as I have blogged about before, the awesome friends and family converted the garage and my mom and dad moved in.  Now, i did not inherit my neatness from my mother and I will say she is still working out of her house for a company here in town.   But, her work area drives me to drink!
If she goes somewhere I will go in and organize and put everything in its place and in less than an hour it's back to this.  But, she does have her priorities straight cause right about her monitor is a very, very  important piece of paper on the wall. 
If you click and make this larger you will see that it is the winner of Dancing with the Stars and the year they won in!  Very important information!!  Much love, Cheri

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vintage Weekly

After we toured Monoco we came back to Nice to get ready to go to Arles.  One last glimpse of Nice, France.  I would never get tired of this view.
The Promenade des Anglais:
This is my Vintage Weekly post!   Much love, Cheri

Friday, November 2, 2012

Skywatch Friday

This is what was out my backdoor the other evening.  My Skywaych Friday post.
Happy Week-end!  Much Love, Cheri